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Global Studies – Day 8

Bell work:

Copy this mnemonic device to help you remember the difference between latitude and longitude.

Latitude goes around the earth. Longitude goes over the earth.


1. Using different types of maps SS.B.1.4.2


1. Discussion of political maps 2. Example of political map in textbook A4 3. Review for test on Friday 4. Wrap up


Review for test by doing 12 minutes of studying tonight for test and 6 minutes for the mental mapping experience tomorrow. Look over rubric and criteria.

Bell Work:

Go over the bell work. Some of the students may have learned another mnemonic to remember the difference between latitude and longitude. If anyone has another way to remember it, have that student share their mnemonic. (Ex. Latitude can be remembered by the term FLATitude)


Using a pull down physical world map, the transparency MT2 from the Easy Planner, or a political world map from the internet and the map on page A4 in the textbook to discuss features of a political map.


A political map shows the political boundaries of the earth. Ten formal regions on the earth have been recognized as: the United States and Canada; Latin America; Europe; Russia and the Republics; Africa; Southwest Asia; South Asia; East Asia; and Southeast Asia, Oceania and Antarctica.

Geographers use political maps to present information about countries, territories, states, local districts, political capitals, and borders. The political map answers questions about a country’s relative location, the size and shape of the country, its neighbors, political organization, cultural elements, and population.

Use the following questions and have students study the map to locate the correct answers. Call on students to provide the correct answers. Be sure that each student is locating the answer with their finger on the map in the textbook. Questions can be done orally or this can be a written assignment. Put questions on board or a transparency and have students copy into their notes.

  • 1.

    What are the five largest countries in the world in terms of total area? (Russia, China, United States, Canada, and Brazil.)

  • 2.

    To which formal region do the Caribbean Islands belong? (Latin America)

  • 3.

    What are the two countries that lie on the Himalayan border between India and China? (Nepal and Bhutan)

  • 4.

    What is the name of the largest island in the world? To which nation does it belong? (Greenland; Denmark)

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